Secretary of State Anthony Brinken on Monday rebutted the Republican Party’s harsh criticism of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, saying that the Biden administration had inherited the agreement with the Taliban to end the war, but had no plans to implement the agreement.
At a sometimes controversial hearing on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, Brinken tried to quell complaints from angry Republicans about the government’s response to the rapid collapse of the Afghan government, and more specifically, the State Department’s evacuation of Americans and others. Action
Brinken responded the White House talking points by accusing Trump of blaming Trump for the Afghanistan situation inherited from President Biden.
Brinken will testify before Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday. He said, “We made the right choice to end the longest-running conflict in the United States.”
Republicans label the process of exiting “disaster” as “disgraceful.” Some Democrats believe this action can be handled more efficiently, but many others have used their problems as a way to criticize President Donald Trump.
Both sides criticized the State Department for not acting fast enough to help U.S. citizens, legal resident, and Afghans who were in danger of being expelled from the country after the Taliban took over Kabul on August 15. Brinken was unable to give an exact number as some are still seeking refuge there. He stated that approximately 100 American citizens and “thousands” of green card holders stayed behind.
Rep. Michael McCall, a Texas Republican and the top Republican on this committee, said that “this is an unprecedented catastrophe.” McCall stated that the abrupt withdrawal of troops and the abandonment of some Americans and Afghans “makes Taliban and other American enemies more daring.” “It can be summarized in one word: treachery.”
His Republican Republican colleagues Steve Chabot, Ohio, and Lizelding, New York were simpler. Chabot stated, “It’s shame.” Zeldin said, “This is a fatal flaw. Poor execution.” “Sir. That will be the leadership.
For criticizing Trump, Republican Representative Adam Kinsinger from Illinois was rebuked by many within the Republican Party. He blamed Trump’s actions and Biden. Kinsinger stated that the Trump administration’s setup was failing and the Biden administration’s implementation had failed.
Blincoln tried calmly to transfer the allegations about insufficient preparation. He pointed to the fact that the Biden government had inherited the U.S. – Taliban peace agreement from its predecessor, and a plan of issuing visas to Afghans who work for the U.S. government.
Brinken had predicted that the Taliban would not overthrow the government from Friday to Monday in June. He tried to counter this prediction by saying that nobody in the US government had expected the Afghan government would collapse so quickly. It does.